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Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Take your dog to work day was created by Pet Sitters International and celebrates the great companions dogs make and encourages adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.

For me “take your dog to work day” is every day as I am working from home 😊

But if you are back to your usual work routine, you may suggest to your boss to bring dogs to work on this day. And if you are the boss, even better! Make it mandatory, lol!

But why not make “take your dog day” any day of the year? Or once you’re back to work, you can make it a weekly or even daily thing?

Here are 5 benefits that can help you to make your point at work:

EASY ICEBREAKERS

If you are an introvert like me, a dog is the best icebreaker ever!! And there is always something to talk about with a fellow dog owner.

GET POINTS FOR WORKING LONGER

This one your boss will l-o-v-e!!! If your dog is with you at work, you don’t have to rush home to take him out and you’re also not stressing about what he or she is doing. So you can work for longer…

STRESS RELIEVER

There are many benefits to bringing your dog to work. According to some studies, keeping a dog in the office is an instant stress reliever, which helps to encourage production of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

FLOWING CREATIVITY

Creativity just flows when you’re not stressing.  Because your dog is with you, you’ve subconsciously lowered your stress levels allowing you to fully concentrate. You can focus better and tap into your inner genius!

LESS WORRYING

If your dog is very young, or sick, or misbehaving, has separation anxiety, or is an elderly pensioner… leaving him or her home alone for longer periods of time can be stressful and worrying. You may worry about what your pup is destroying, or if he is feeling lonely or in pain and uncomfortable. But bringing your dog to work means you can keep your eyes on your dog all day long. And your dog will be happier after spending the day with you.

Our friends from HOWNDS are organising an interesting charitable event about this day tomorrow, and you can join live.

This is what Jo Amit, founder of HOWND said:

“This year “Take your dog to work day” is about staying at home and joining in the fun LIVE. We have 5 incredible streamed events lined up for Friday June 26th from 8am-5pm which you can purchase tickets for on Eventbrite – ALL THE MONEY RAISED is going to All Dogs Matter Animals Asia. For the first time ever online, you can watch the peaceful rescued Moon Bears at Animals Asia’s sanctuary in Chengdu, China (£33) or enter your dog into one of 4 celebrity judged dog shows (£10 per entry). Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/30PwbsT . Thank you x

Ps. You can join in from overseas too!”

Stay safe!

Love, Jitka xx

5 Summer Activities To Do With Your Dog.

Summer is here, even if it doesn’t look like it, but hopefully, we’ll get some nice weather soon. When it arrives, be prepared with these 5 tips for summer activities you can do with your dog!

1. Paddling and swimming.

This is the most obvious summer activity, as you can imagine 😊.

When it comes to water all my dogs are different. Mr. Tank just loves water and so does Martha, my other Scotty. Mr. Tank loves his paddling pool so much and gets so excited that he bites the walls of the pool to the point that we can’t use it anymore. As a result, we’ve gone through quite a few of them over the years 😂.

On the other hand, Rosie, the old wise lady, stands in her water bowl and has an occasional lick, lol. Adele does the same but she has to be in the mood. My other Lakeland, Tinker Bell (Adele’s daughter), is not keen on water at all. She doesn’t like getting wet and she also doesn’t like it when the others are having too much fun in the paddling pool. Is she jealous, or what?

Richard hates water with a passion! He runs away from the hose and he won’t even step into a puddle. When we went for hydrotherapy he wouldn’t even move on the water treadmill for the first few sessions and stayed glued to the belt! No idea why?

Apparently, Airedales were also called Waterside Terriers as they originated in the valley (dale) of the river Aire, in Yorkshire. I would definitely not call Richard a Waterside terrier lol. 

2. Hills and beaches.

Dogs love hiking, walks on the beach and exploring new places. Be sure to find a dog-friendly beach and trail though. Don’t forget your poo bags, water, treats and snacks because these are your necessities!

If you often go hiking or on beach holidays with your dog make sure to check his paws regularly. Years ago we went for an all-day hike and poor Blondie scraped her paw pads on the rocks we were walking on. Looking back now, I wish I had had Soothing Antiseptic Spray and Paw Butter at that time. They would have made such a difference for her!

3. Pupsicles and ice cream.

This is where you can get really creative!

Mash your dog’s favourite fruit and/or veggies and fill and ice mould or any other moulds you like and have. Put it in the freezer and VOILA … frozen doggy treats! You can also use a meat or veggie stock with chunks of meat and veggies.

Here’s a very simple recipe for a healthy, delicious ice cream you can share with your doggo:

Ingredients

  • 4 very ripe bananas

Method

  • Slice the bananas and put them into a covered container
  • Freeze for at least 12 hours.
  • Allow to thaw for 5 minutes before processing in a food processor until light and whippy-like.
  • Serve with chopped nuts, nut cream, chocolate chips or your other favourite toppings. Serves 2-3.

Variation: Add cocoa powder to make chocolate ice cream. This is not for your dog though!!!! Be careful that you don’t strain your food processor too hard. Just a little tip 😉

4. Twist with the Kong.

Does your dog like the Kong as much as my dogs? Have you thought about filling it with something delicious like meat, mashed veggies or peanut butter and then freezing it? Give it a try and let me know if it’s a hit!

5. Early morning walks.

My dogs and I are morning people. Most often than not you’ll find us out in the early morning, walking around the quarry behind our house. I love early morning walks in summer with the quietness, haze and breeze and no one around except me and my dogs ❤️.

What are you up to this summer?

What are your 5 summer activities with your dog?

I love trying new activities with my doggies and always love to hear new ideas!

Stay safe!

Love, Jitka xx

10 Reasons Why Dogs Are Man’s Best Friend.

We celebrated Best Friends Day on the 8th of June, as you would have seen in Tuesday’s newsletter. There are at least 10 reasons why dog’s are man’s best friend. And I am sure you can think of more…

Let your best friend know how grateful you are that you have one another!

There are many reasons why dogs are ideal best friends for us humans:

10 Reasons Why Dogs Are Man’s Best Friend.

Your best friend has a terrible short-term memory.

The short-term memory of my best friends always makes me laugh, especially when it comes to food. I can give my dog a treat and within just a few minutes he’ll be looking at me as if to say, “umm… you didn’t give me anything and, in fact, I CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER the last time you gave me one!”

Your best friends has a great long-term memory.

Your best friend’s long-term memory can be very emotional. It’s quite something to see their joy when you get back home from your travels and he/she greets you like crazy -jumping, barking, fetching toys and not leaving your side for the rest of the day.

Your best friend has your back.

I think even the tiniest dog would try to protect us… at least by making a noise. My first dog Ajo, a Miniature Schnauzer, was truly my best friend. And he was really good at protecting me.  He would not only bark, but he would attack as well. Part of our training was protection training. With this training, dogs will defend you upon command and he’d automatically respond if I was threatened or physically attacked. During the training real-life situations were simulated and as a teenager I was never afraid to go out when he was by my side. It was quite comical to watch him training with all the German Shepherds, Rottweilers and other large dogs but he was so good and passionate about it! I bet if he had bitten an attacker on his leg or just below the waistline (you know where I mean), it would’ve caused some harm.

Your best friend can mimic your emotions.

When we’re happy, they’re happy and when we’re sad, they’re sad. They even try to cheer us up! When we’re stressed they are too and because of that, we need to be careful and watch our emotions. With quite a few dogs in the house, this can cause tension which isn’t ideal for group dynamic.

You best friend acts as mini-dishwashers.

Do you let your dog lick your plate or your spoon? I’m guilty! Don’t judge me 😊.

Your best friend is a great motivational tools.

This is a big one! You don’t feel like going for a walk… Hey Ho… you still have to! This applies especially if you live in a flat with no garden. In this case, you actually have to go out a few times a day, whether you like it or not. This is how my mum stays fit with her Chihuahua Cherry.

Your best friend is freaking smart!

Sometimes too smart! They can learn how to open a door, a cupboard, a bin, even a fridge and then help themselves to food. Did you have to buy a new bin with a lock to stop your dog from getting in, like me? What’s the smartest thing your dog’s ever done?

Your best friend won’t allow you to eat alone ever again.

With a dog, your best friend, you’re never alone and this applies especially to when you’re eating! Remember the short-term memory loss I spoke about? They don’t remember that they’ve, in fact, already eaten, even if it was only a few minutes ago 😂.

Your best friend won’t leave you hanging.

They’re always ready to do something and ANYTHING together. I can’t even say the ‘W’ word (walk) ‘G’ word (go) or ‘B’ word (biscuit) when we’re just sitting around! What are the words that your dog understands and get him all excited?

Your best friend knows how to live.

Handle every stressful situation like a dog! If you can’t eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away 👍🏻.

Stay safe!

Love, Jitka xx

6 expert tips on how to groom your dog at home.

Home grooming doesn’t come to an end now that most grooming salons are open again. Here are 6 expert tips on how to groom your dog at home.

Regular coat maintenance from an early age is very important. It keeps the coat nice and healthy and deepens the bond between you and your dog. It also aids in identifying health issues like skin allergies, ear infection, external parasites, etc much earlier on.

Here are my tips on how to groom your dog at home.

Bathing.

Regular bathing of your dog will make sure that their coat is kept clean. Make sure you choose your shampoo well. Take note of not only the suitability for your dog’s coat but also the ingredients. Ideally, find a shampoo that is free from sulfates, parabens and petrochemicals.

We use For All Dog Kind shampoos in the salon which are as natural as possible (97%). It cleans well, and smells lovely. I would recommend a 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo for everyday skin and coats. The scent is great and the coat is easy to brush afterward. Bathing without brushing can cause the coat to tangle. Therefore never bath your dog without following up with brushing and combing.

Brushing.

I prefer to brush and comb dogs once their coat is clean. Not only does it feel better on my hands but this way I also avoid breathing in debris, dust and hair. My dogs are low maintenance. They don’t need daily brushing and combing so I only need give them a good thorough brush and comb when I bath them, which is about every 10 days. Well, that’s my goal at least. When they were little, they were brushed daily so that they could get used to it.

Eye cleaning.

Have you noticed a build-up around your dog’s eyes? If the answer is yes, please don’t try to use clippers or scissors to remove it!  Instead, use a small, moist, piece of cotton wool. For example cooled down chamomile tea is very soothing. Carefully wipe from the corner of your dog’s eyes moving in a downwards direction gently. Repeat if necessary with a new, clean piece of cotton wool. This will remove or loosen any discharge surrounding the eye. Practice this daily with dogs with hairy faces such as a Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Schnauzers, Cockapoos, Doodles, Yorkies, etc. When done daily, this can help prevent any build-up from occurring.

Nail clipping.

Nail clipping is one of the many things that dog owners have had to have a go at for the first time during lockdown. The fear of cutting the quick puts a lot of dog owners off of cutting their dog’s nails. This is fully understandable, however, sometimes we have to do things we aren’t comfortable with. You have to think about it differently… you’re actually helping your dog! Check my step by step guide to nail clipping here.

Ear cleaning.

Preventative care is always best, which is why regular checking and cleaning of ears is so important. Just like clipping a dog’s toenails, starting from an early age is suggested so that your puppy gets used to it as soon as possible. You can do this by gently holding the ear, massaging it and turning over the ear flap while playing with your puppy. Check my blog on how to clean your dog’s ears here.

Paw care.

Paw pads consist of a layer of pigmented skin, usually black or pink, as well as insulating fatty tissue. This fatty tissue gives your dog’s paws a bit of protection from colder surfaces in the winter.

Paw pads are a fundamental part of your dog’s foot structure and are protected by nails. The two work in conjunction with each other. Paw pads help with your dog’s stability and balance as well as providing traction and shock absorption. A dog’s paw pads may feel rough, calloused, or smooth and soft which all depends on what surface you walk your dog on as well as his/her lifestyle. Rougher walking surface = rougher paws.

Make it a habit to check your dog’s paw pads regularly from an early age. Gently spread your pup’s toes apart and inspect the sides of his paw pads and between the toes. Check for any injuries or foreign objects. Like pebbles, dry mud or grass seeds and also check for any swelling or discoloration. Remember to never walk your dog on hot pavement! Follow the 5 seconds rule. If you can hold your palm on the pavement for 5 seconds it’s ok for your dog to walk on it.

Soothe and moisturise rough and cracked paw pads with Paw Butter. You don’t have to worry that they’ll become too delicate for outdoor activities 😉). Massage the paws with the Paw Butter by taking a small amount and rubbing between the pads on the bottom of the paw as well as between each toe. This will help to relax your dog as well as promote better circulation. Some dogs don’t like to be touched on their paws. So a little spritz of Calming Floral Spay will help them to relax.

Just like any other grooming routine, little and often is the way you get your dog used to paw care.

What part of the grooming process does your dog enjoy… and what part not so much?

Keep safe!

Love, Jitka xx

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